Learning to push through your fear factor

WE have had quite a bit of life experience. Some of those experiences have been very challenging – near death and life threatening.

Aussie summers: If it’s not driza bone, it’s drowning

I’VE been wondering if this summer is hotter than Satan’s armpit.

DIY: How to tile your kitchen splashback

A marble herringbone tile kitchen splashback from the 2015 Reno Rumble series.

I'M frequently asked: What sort of splashback should I put in?

Woman and child test positive for Zika in Queensland

Woman and a child have tested positive for Zika virus in Queensland

Painting a picture of the Guggenheim's marvels

American art collector Peggy Guggenheim poses between early paintings by Jackson Pollock.

THE Guggenheim Museum in Venice is an oasis of traditions.

Discovering Oman: the old and the new

OMAN is one of my favourite countries for its striking scenery.

Nature's beautiful trumpet: Growing tropical allamandas

The most commonly grown alamanda has bright, clear yellow flowers, hence the name Golden Trumpet.

THE Golden Trumpet offers a stunning show of bright yellow flowers.

Finding the right beer for a tropical day

This ale’s a real pearler

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Michael Moore's recipe for a healthy meal on a pizza

CHEF and restaurateur Michael Moore was forced to re-evaluate his food philosophy when he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Smoked salmon, pea and radish salad inspired by MKR

Dan and Steph’s salmon salad.

EASY yet delicious smoked salmon, pea and radish salad recipe.

Chinese char siu lamb cutlets recipe

THIS easy char siu lamb cutlets dish works well with lamb or pork.

Eat to beat diabetes: Spelt spaghetti with ratatouille

Serve pasta and ratatouille with basil scattered over the top.

THIS colourful dish is high in low-GI carbohydrate and fibre.

Light and refreshing rocket, watermelon and ginger salad

THIS rocket, watermelon and ginger salad is very refreshing.

You’re on a sausage roll

TREAT the family this weekend with some homemade sausage rolls.

A summer meat treat: Thai beef salad

Thai beef salad make for a yummy combination.

Top 5 belongings most lost or stolen overseas

NOW is the period where Aussies are most likely to lose shiny new Christmas gifts while travelling.

TRAVEL: My day at Bali detention centre

Visiting a detention centre in Bali was one of the best things I did

Sydney’s almost on top in keeping tourists entertained

Research from the first MasterCard Asia-Pacific Destination Index shows Australian cities claimed four of the top 20 destinations on this list.

Travelers to Sydney stay an average of 23.7 nights per visit

Turkish delight: Finding a bathhouse lost in time

Drenched, buffed and covered in soapy bubbles, you will feel as though the world has slowed to a stop.

Mine was so good I wish I could do it for the first time again

The air-conditioning trick that could save you a fortune

IF you haven't read this on Facebook already, this little story could save you a small fortune.

Too soon: Readers stunned at early Easter treats

Allira Tooth is happy with early Easter eggs but her mum Larissa Auld isn't as pleased.

Shoppers can already buy Easter eggs, months out from Easter

Too hot to shop? Shopping centre aircon taking shoppers

Hervey Bay Esplanade - roundabout work in progress at Main St. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Warm weather is becoming a deterrent for shoppers

Christmas shopping with kids can be fun - really?

Positive Parenting Program's top tips for shopping with kids

Antiques dating back 700 years being auctioned to help uni

Auctioneer Shane Pfeffer with a butterfly collection from the Austins' estate, to be sold with the proceeds going towards the University of the Sunshine Coast.

One of Sunshine Coast's most significant collections up for sale

So many ways to save for Christmas

Make changes to the way you shop now and have money in the piggy bank for Christmas.

PANICKING about the fact that Christmas isn’t far away?